The IHSA state football championship returns to Memorial Stadium | Main stories

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – The Illinois High School Association State Football Championship returns to the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Thanksgiving weekend.

On November 25-26, the top two teams from all divisions (1A-8A) will play for the title of national champion.

More than 35,000 fans are expected to fill Champaign County for the two-day sporting event after a four-year absence.

This year’s teams include:

  • 1A—Lena-Winslow vs. Camp Point Central
  • 2A— Tri-Valley vs. St. Theresa
  • 3A—IC Catholic vs. Williamsville
  • 4A—Providence Catholic vs. Sacred Heart Gryphon
  • 5A— Nazareth Academy vs. Peoria
  • 6A— Prairie Ridge vs. East St. Louis
  • 7A—Mt. Carmel vs. Batavia
  • 8A—Lincoln-Way East vs. Loyola Academy

“We are so excited to roll out the red carpet and welcome these soccer fans to our Outside of Ordinary community,” said Jane Deluce, president and CEO of Visit Champaign County. “Memorial Stadium is a premier state championship venue, and we want to extend our Midwest hospitality to these fans who deserve an exceptional experience on their special day.”

On Friday and Saturday, 16 teams will be sent to the city, accompanied by officers from the University of Illinois Police Department to Tent City.

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